According to Venture Beat, Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has been partially pirated, and part of it is now available to shady software buccaneers and other miscreants.
Purloined discs reportedly began to spread after an employee at a shipping warehouse in Fresno, Calif. lifted a disc. The disc that was stolen was supposedly Disc two of a two-disk set for the PC. Venture Beat suggests security in that Fresno warehouse may have been too tight for the robber to gank the other DVD. No one knows how many full copies spread this way, but if I know my pirates, I'm guessing somewhere between an ass-load and a butt-ton.
Venture Beat also points to a post on Craigslist supposedly from a pirate, who warns fellow law-scoffers that "The will come get you" if you are caught with an early copy of the game and “you will be fined $5,000″ and it could result in permanent banning from online play. Take this with a grain of salt: I'm not sure who, exactly, will fine you for playing a pirated disc, and if it's a court fine, it would take awhile to actually get to you. Don't get me wrong: You shouldn't pirate games -- it's against the law, morally wrong, and harmful to the game industry itself -- I'm just unsure of the veracity of this particular Craigslist ad.
In other Modern Warfare 3 pirate news, Kotaku posted a YouTube video that supposedly showed the game being played on a PlayStation 3. The vid has been pulled from The YouTubs... which may or may not be an indication of its realness.